Sunday, May 3, 2009

Q & A From my Twitter Site

Because I am not one who wants to always be limited to 140 characters for my answers I have taken the Qusetions I got at my twitter site and brought them here for the Q& A. I also don't want to blow up everyone's Twitter sites when I post ten-fiteen answers.

Here we go:

Devon2012@JayPaterno can you guys meet with guys you've offered scholarships too outside the camp?

We are not allowed to meet with them on the day of the Nike camp. We can meet with them either the day prior to or the day after the camp.

feetforlove@JayPaterno but athletes can take an unofficial visit while they're in town, correct?

They can take an official visit—just not the calendar day of the actual camp.

ksubramz@JayPaterno - What's your favorite play in offense ?

My favorite play on offense is when we take a knee to end the game. I love that play and I love when we run it because it means we’ve won and that the hay is in the barn. I am also a big fan of play-action passes.

TDWood@JayPaterno Joepa recently said he wants the B11 to add another team. If the decision was up to you, what school would you choose to join?

I’m not sure I’d add one. With a 12-game season already the season is long enough. If we get a college football playoff, then I could see the merit of going to a 12th team and playing a Big Ten Title game. All that being said—I’d be shocked if the Big Ten ever added another team.

oldveteran@JayPaterno Tell your dad,hes got a great idea for Big Ten playoff. Get Notre Dame to join. They would gladly accept now.

I’m not sure that Notre Dame would jump in—they’ve had a couple of chances and they feel as though it is not in their best interest.

One idea I’d love to see happen is for us to play Notre Dame in Yankee Stadium—at least we’d sell it out—but what a cool venue that would be for a football game. I’d suggest Fenway Park too-but at 38,000 seats it’s just not big enough.

kk5ye@JayPaterno What times of the year do you a break from football and what do you like to do when you have the time?

We have a couple of weeks in the summer when it slows down some, and we really take a break when the school is on Spring Break. Spring Break is the one time where you really aren’t worried about the season approaching like you are in the summer. In my time away from football, I write (working on a book project). I also read a lot to try and learn things like history, or to read great fiction—so I can see other people’s writing styles. I do not golf—it takes way too much time and there is really no thrill in it. I like to bike and in the winter I ski. The picture above is me above the clouds at Whistler in British Columbia. (One note I do wear a helmet now when I ski—it is white with a blue stripe down the middle).

feetforlove@JayPaterno other than recruiting and doing the Nike Camp, what else do the coaches do this time of the year?

Even though we just finished spring, I am still looking at tape of our opponents whenever I get the chance. I am constantly tinkering with new ideas and/or plays and/or formations to best utilize our talent based on what we’ll see this fall. I also look at as much NFL tape as I can and we steal some ideas—and then improve them to best fit what we do.

Bad5052@JayPaterno I know defense is scrap's-- R we going to play more man cov. (esp. AJ?). Cant stand the bendbutdontbreak secondary scheme

I am not exactly sure what the entire defensive coverage scheme will be this fall. Much like we do on offense, the defensive staff tries different things out in spring and in the off-season. There is certainly talent in the secondary, but the question is how quickly the cohesion begins to develop among the guys playing there. It is much like the O-lIne in that regard.

ordidge2@JayPaterno does psu do tours of beaver stadium and re football facilities? Just if I manage to get a trip over this season.

If you get here all the way from England just hit me up on Twitter and we’ll see if we can get you into the stadium.

PamH53@JayPaterno Do you have any relatives visiting Sanibel FL right now? Saw someone last night that looked just like your father.

I don’t have any relatives down in Sanibel—but I have seen some pretty good Joe look-alikes over the years. As Joe has said “Being told you look like me would be a dubious honor.”

ebradlee10@jaypaterno Are you disappointed about no more late season nite games?

Love the Sham-Wow profile photo—props on that. What’s next will someone have a profile picture sporting the Snuggie (the blanket with sleeves). I love night games, Joe P loves night games—we’ve just got to show the world that the greatness of our fans—and the volume of our fans doesn’t show up only at night—our excellence knows no time slot. So this fall be sure to bring your 8 p.m. game to the 3:30 time slot.

AbsolutePigskin@JayPaterno being the favorite to win the Big Ten this year, what team do you think poses the biggest obstacle in the way of PSU this year?

I think Ohio State and Iowa are certainly other teams I’ve seen people picking to win the Big Ten—so I am not sure if we’d be the favorite. The one thing about this conference is that there are no teams that can’t compete on any given week, We certainly have some things we have to get settled in the secondary and on the o-line as well as DE and in the WR corps—before I would say that we’d be anyone’s favorite. The talent is there but we’ll have to see how it develops.

kjn109@JayPaterno Jay, who are some of the kids on the team who don't get headlines but are remarkable in 1 way or another (off-field too)?

I think what Brett Brackett has done organizing the Lift For Life is an amazing thing. They may raise in excess of over $100,000 this summer for kidney cancer—and it is all run by student-athletes and he is kind of the guy who runs it on our team. But there are a lot of guys who are involved in that. If you are in town for Arts Festival they are having the Lift For Life on that Friday—which I think is July 10th.

SpecialFans@JayPaterno How 'bout bringing Special Spectators 2 PSU? We give seriously-ill kids the complete CFB experience. IL, IN, MN, NU PU are in.

Get me some details and I’ll see what I can do.

lendamico@JayPaterno Just graduated the best class of WR in school history. How are Zug, Brackett and co. going to replace that production?

We won’t have three guys as dominant as those three guys were. We’ll play a lot of guys and have a lot of depth and you’ll see many guys contributing.

kenhesser@JayPaterno hey Jay is your brother Scott on here?

I don’t know—he may be lurking….

JAcker2L@JayPaterno JoePa talked about expansion of the Big Ten...3 teams you'd like to see considered?

My three (or four or five) teams for the Big 10—with geography not being a constraint—would be Texas, Miami, Hawaii and maybe Colorado and Utah. All those would be fun road trips for our fans and would be great match-ups. (but I would require that we close the season each year at either Colorado or Utah and I would “accidentally” miss the team flight back, get snowed in and have to ski for a few days).

Thanks for all the questions. I try to answer them as best as I can and I appreciate all your interest in Penn State Football and your support.